Monday, July 18, 2011

Melynda's Blog has Moved

I finally have my wordpress blog up and am moving over today. I've posted a link to my new blog and can't wait for you to join me on Thursday's for Journey of Redemption and on Sunday's for Six Sentence Sunday. Thanks!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday #6

“Shh…” Max whispered as he held her pressed against the front door. His hand clamped tightly over her mouth, smothering her whimpered cries. Her tears rolled down her cheeks, collecting around his fingers. Her nostrils flared as her breath came in fast rapid bursts, brushing against his hand. The tangy scent of her fear clung to the air so thick he could taste it. The bitter-sweet flavor made his mouth water for more. The only thing that ruined the perfection of this moment was that it wasn’t Olivia who was in his arms.
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

YA Today

"What is a chode?" I asked my sixteen year old daughter, when I heard her and her friend laughing at the new nickname they'd recently given one of their male friends. When she told me, I was honestly a little surprised. Mostly because she actually knew what a chode was, and then I felt another grey hair spring forth. Am I really that old?

Writing a YA series has been a great experience, but it had also been challenging to walk the line of what's appealing without crossing over into adult. I've read many YA paranormal romance and some authors are better at it than others. This day and age, the YA audience could probably teach me a thing or two, so I'm not as worried about writing conservatively as I am about writing a great story, with real dialogue and tension.

My goal is that the YA audience will identify with my characters. They're not perfect, and they make mistakes. But one message comes through in this story, and that's forgiveness.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday #5

A throaty purr rumbled in the back of his throat, making her laugh as she playfully spun out his embrace and ran away. Fine grains of sand spilled into her sandals with each step. She glanced over her shoulder to see if he was following her, enjoying her little game. His brow quirked in amusement as his dark eyes locked in her, watching her every movement with a predatory stare. A tremble of excitement fluttered in her stomach.
“Don’t make me chase you, Olivia.” His husky growl carried over to her on the warm, briny air.
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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday #4

“I couldn’t help but notice you looked like a little lamb being sent to the slaughter, sitting here all by yourself. If you don’t mind me saying, this isn’t exactly the safest place for a young lady.”
“Well, thank you for your concern—I guess. But I’m not here alone, my boyfriend is up at the bar.”
“Is he trying to get you killed?”
Olivia gasped. She wasn’t sure if it was his frankness, or the fact that he voiced the same exact words she’d thought only a moment ago. Or maybe it was the spark of anger that flashed in those deep violet eyes, making them look a shade closer to amethyst.
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Thursday, June 30, 2011

It Only Takes One "Yes"

"It only takes one yes." This is the advice a fellow writer and good friend of mine told me recently, and she's right. It does only take one "yes" to make your dreams come true. But its finding that "yes" that's the challenge. I enjoy hearing stories from other authors sharing how they got their big break, but as much as I enjoy hearing of their success, I just as much enjoy hearing about their failures. No, I'm not sadistic, although misery does love company, but I believe there is a lot to be learned in those rejections.

If you're lucky, a rejection with an explanation will at least give you something to work with. But even deeper than that, rejection teaches us patience, and perseverance, while developing growth and character. It's easy to quit, easy to give up, but it takes strength and courage to repeatedly put yourself out there, hoping to catch that one "yes". You pray that your work will find its way into the right hands, of the right literary agent, who's in the right mood, at the right time.

I have researched several literary agents and made a list of my top ten. Who knows how many I'll have to query. So far, I've only sent Redemption in to my first choice. It can take up to 8 weeks to hear back, so again, patience... There are many, many agents out there. So many, that it's hard to decide who to query sometimes. Two of the very best websites I have found are and Karen Fox's list of literary agents.

The things I looked for in compiling my list of agents were: Who's represented books similar in genre to mine. Who has experience working with the publishing companies I'd like to publish through. Who has a reputation of being efficient and reliable. P&E (Preditors and Editors) recommendations are listed on Karen Fox's website, and I also found that extremely helpful in my research.

I hope this has been helpful in your own search for a literary agent. Just remember, it only takes one "yes" :) Have a great week!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday #3

One look at Liam sent a release of adrenaline rushing through her veins. His eyes were locked on Max with a murderous glare. The once dark violet color was now replaced with a bright amethyst sheen, giving him an otherworldly appearance. He was beautiful—breathtaking—terrifying. Common sense told her to fear him, but her heart told her he meant her no harm. Too bad she couldn’t say the same for Max.

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